Cigar Review: The T. by AJ Fernandez, Matt Booth & Robert Caldwell

The T. by AJ Fernandez, Matt Booth & Robert Caldwell




The cigar formally called “The Truth” showcased at the 2017 IPCPR tradeshow, an exciting new blend from the trio collaboration of AJ Fernandez, Matt Booth (Room101) & Robert Caldwell (Caldwell Cigar Co.) 

The cigars are produced in Nicaragua at AJ Fernandez prized factory Tabacalera Fernandez. The T. is a Nicaraguan puro, comprised of a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper and a core of exquisite aged Nicaraguan long-filler tobaccos.



Photo credit: Cigar Aficionado


Announced earlier this year under a different name, the cigar once called The Truth has been renamed The T. and is now available in five sizes. 

Caldwell, Booth and Fernandez originally planned for the cigar to be called The Truth, but after learning that Tatuaje Cigars owns the trademark for La Verite (French for The Truth), Caldwell and his fellow cigarmakers opted to change the name of their new project to The T. 

“The T. is short for any word in the world beginning with “T” that is not now, nor ever will be trademarked by anyone in the tobacco class or otherwise,” Booth explained.

“I simply became tired of having to focus on the name of a product, when the focus should be on the product itself. I am extremely proud to be working on this project with Robert and A.J.”

The T. is the latest in a series of blending collaborations between Caldwell and other cigar industry luminaries. Earlier this year, Caldwell released a brand with Matt Booth called Hit & Run, which the duo created together at Tabacalera William Ventura in the Dominican Republic.

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  • Short Churchill 5-1/2 x 48
  • Toro Grande 6-1/2 x 56
  • Robusto 5 x 52
  • Lonsdale 6-1/2 x 44
  • Toro 5 x 52




The Nicaraguan Habano wrapper is dark brown in color and has the textured feel of shark skin. Crafted by a trio of the industries most recognized icons. The boxed press vitola is almost seamless with a fair amount of tooth and vein.

Rolled in the Toro Grande format it has a semi rounded cap and a wide open foot. The artwork on the band is distinctly Caldwell, the primary band is a lighter shade of grey with the words “The T” in solid gold font with 3 very distinct but dissimilar skeleton keys in the background.

The thin secondary band is matt green in color with the boys initials reading “MB” “AJF” and “RC” representing the gran trine. Pre light aroma had notes of dark chocolate, floral and cedar. The cold draw produced flavors of vanilla bean, caramel corn and earth.





A warm aroma of raisins off the toasted foot, once ignited there is an immediate flavor of charred wood and bitter orange peel. Hearty flavors of coffee, dark chocolate and mild leather.

Background flavors of plum and raisins creating a slight bitter sweet effect. The spicy element is in the form of black pepper at a medium bodied level. The retro is producing a gritty black pepper burn evolving into flavors of dried fruit.




Entering cruise control burn the “T” has come into its own with flavors of dark roast coffee, cocoa bean, vanilla and cinnamon. Mild nuances of cedar char are accompanying each draw with background flavors of black cherries and raisins.

The finish is extra long covering the entire palate with a leathery peppered aftertaste. The retro has evolved into white pepper producing flavors of dried fruit.




In the final third flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, earth and raisins. The background flavors are adding a sweetness to the blend with dried fruit and black cherries.

The spicy element has been in the form of consistent black pepper at a medium level. The retro has increased producing black pepper through the nose evolving into sweet flavors of plum and dried fruit.


Dare I say…Padron-ish?




CONSTRUCTION: Construction of “The T.” Was solid! Zero blemishes or soft spots the box pressed vitola felt solid in your hand and loaded with long fillers. The texture of shark skin added to solid look of the cigar


BURN: The burn was straight in both sides burning evenly throughout the entire smoking duration


ASH: The dark grey ash was solid holding past the inch point and resembled a stack of dimes


CUT: V cut all 3 examples


DRAW: The draw was wide open resulting in large plumes of thick creamy white smoke


RE LIGHTS: Combustion was constant with an even smolder throughout


STRENGTH: The strength of “The T.” Was in the straight MEDIUM bodied wheelhouse with an amazing array of FULL flavors with a smooth and tasty finish, what else would you expect from three of the most talented and recognizable names in the industry



Cigars for review: Purchased (5 PACK)

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke rate: 94

Size: 6-1/2 x 56 Toro Grande

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Country of origin: Dominican Republic,  Nicaragua

Factory: Tabacalera Fernandez

News source and media: Cigar Aficionado

Toar Campbell

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder
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